What could the Met do instead?

The 2019/20 Met season could be jazzed up. I’ve tried to stick with the same composer or style, rather than, say, fifty French operas nobody’s ever heard of.

HANDEL: Agrippina

GLUCK: Orfeo ed Euridice –> Iphigénie en Aulide

MOZART

  • Marriage of Figaro –> SALIERI: Tartare (libretto by Beaumarchais) / Axur re d’Ormus, Italian version, libretto by da Ponte
  • Così fan tutte –> SOLER: Una cosa rara or SALIERI: La scuola de’ gelosi
  • The Magic Flute –> HAYDN: Il mondo della luna

ROSSINI

  • La Cenerentola –> Matilde di Shabran [or Maometto II]

DONIZETTI

  • Maria Stuarda –> Lucrezia Borgia

VERDI

  • Macbeth –> MERCADANTE: Orazi e Curiazi
  • La Traviata –> PACINI: Saffo
  • Simon Boccanegra –> I due Foscari (or, to show that other mid-19th century Italian composers besides Verdi existed: FORONI: Cristina, regina di Svezia)

WAGNER: Flying Dutchman –> MARSCHNER: Hans Heiling

BERLIOZ: La damnation de Faust –> Béatrice et Bénédict

MASSENET

  • Manon –> Grisélidis
  • Werther –> either Ariane or Roma

TCHAIKOVSKY: Queen of Spades –> RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Sadko

PUCCINI

  • Manon Lescaut –> PONCHIELLI: La Gioconda
  • Bohème –> CATALANI: La Wally
  • Tosca –> FRANCHETTI: Germania
  • Madama Butterfly –> MASCAGNI: Iris
  • Turandot –> MONTEMEZZI: L’amore dei tre re

[Gomes and Wolf-Ferrari could also be performed.]

STRAUSS

  • Der Rosenkavalier –> Die schweigsame Frau

BERG: Wozzeck –> SCHILLINGS: Mona Lisa

JANACEK
Kát’a Kabanová

GERSHWIN
Porgy and Bess

GLASS
Akhnaten

2 thoughts on “What could the Met do instead?

    1. Thanks for the recommendation; never heard of it, but it sounds like something I’d enjoy. Rave reviews from Piotr Kaminski, Classics Today, and Amazon. One for the list!

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